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Geek Eats Travels: Austin.
Written By Bekah June
I found myself in Austin, TX last month attending a great event, The Corrupted Cog. I’ve always driven through Austin – sad, sad, sad days. I’ve heard so much about the numerous Beer Gardens, Food Trucks and the infamous 6th street. My crew and I set off toward 6th street on our first night to see the sights and find a place to eat.
It ended up being a coin toss between Chupacabra Cantina and The Jackalope. Chupacabra won and we headed in, right after we enjoyed a crazy homeless lady yelling at people driving down the road. We were informed that she was a regular to the area. So, it was dinner and a show.
The restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere with some very interesting décor. I should have taken a picture of the pin-up style painting of the avocado lady. Alas, I went to dinner without my camera. We chose the patio seating, since it was such a nice evening.
Our waiter was prompt, friendly, and very knowledgeable – I don’t remember his name but big shout out to you Awesome Waiter guy! (I had asked his name, I have since forgotten what it was. Silly me for not writing it down.)
It turns out the coin flip was in vain…The Jackalope menu was included with the main menu. The difference from what I could tell is that Chupacabra offered a variety of Tacos and The Jackalope offered a variety of burgers.
We ordered a carafe of Sangria and the El Super Queso (bacon on the side).
“El Super Queso – Huge bowl of Queso topped with Adobo Pork, Avocado, Pico De Gallo, and Habanero sour cream. Served with Chips & Salsa.”
Let me start by saying that the queso was amazing and was quickly out shadowed by the BEST avocado that I have ever tasted in my life. There was a note of a floral taste that only enhanced the flavor and the texture was like butter.
So smooth and creamy, I could eat nothing but their avocado and be happy. It was a resounding agreement that we should have ordered their guacamole.
When it came down to tacos I was having a tough time choosing. It all sounded too good.
I settled on the White Fish (grilled) and the Grilled Portabella.
“White Fish – Fried or Grilled, topped with Jicama Slaw, Jack Cheese, Pineapple Pico, Chipotle Mayo”
“Grilled Portabella – Pickled Onions, Jack Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Chipotle Mayo”
The tacos are served on fresh homemade Corn/Flour tortillas but they do have just corn or just flour tortillas, upon request. I will definitely say that I really loved the texture, flavor and even how sturdy that corn/flour tortillas were.
I enjoyed the Grilled Portabella though the clear winner was the White Fish. I have had many different types of fish tacos over the years this taco tops my list at #1.
The specialty of Chupacabra is their aptly named taco The Chupacabra. The smoked Barbacoa de Chivo is a blend of goat and beef. I didn’t try their self-named taco but perhaps next time I find myself in Austin it will be the companion taco to the White Fish.
“The Chupacabra – Smoked Barbacoa de Chivo, Rajas, Jicama Slaw, Cilantoro, Ghost Chile Ailoli”
400 E 6TH ST. AUSTIN, TX 78701 | 11AM-2AM EVERYDAY | 512-703-4628
Exciting new places in the OKC Metro area…
Written By Bekah June
We are in what I consider a culinary boom. Between new eateries opening up in the various districts and the assorted array of food trucks you can find whatever satiates your taste buds. Quite a few new places have opened very recently and several more places will be following suit soon.
The Bleu Garten – located 301 NW 10th Street, near Midtown. OKC’s first food truck park! A bar pod full service bar with craft beer, liquor and wine on tap will definitely not leave you thirsty. The neat thing about this venue is that the food trucks change. Not the same old thing night after night. Not sure what you want to eat? Maybe a group of friends can’t decide what type of food to get? With a venue you like this you can please everyone. Check out their website for seasonal hours and the ever changing food truck schedule. Most definitely on my must try list.
Oak & Ore: Craft Beer & Craft Fare - located in The Plaza District at 1732 NW 16th Street, Suite A.
Varied array of beers to be had, just check the GIANT chalkboard for the current keg on tap. You can find appetizers, salads, sandwiches and a few sides on their menu. As they are a new venue, be on the lookout for any changes they might make not only with their fare but in hours. It’s on my must try list.
Fassler Hall (OKC) – located on 421 NW 10th Street near Midtown. Offering Bier & Sausage – word is they have a beer garden. Their menu features a variety of sausages (made in-house), “other stuff & sides” – one of which is duck fries. Yep - deep friend in duck fat, y’all. Did I mention the beers? Quite the variety of German/Euro drafts among a variety of bottled beers. This, too, is on my must try list.
http://www.fasslerhall.com/ Note: There is a location in Tulsa
Roxy’s Ice Cream – opening soon in The Plaza District, next door to Oak & Ore. Roxy’s is nothing new to OKC, this ice cream dream on wheels has been an ice cream staple for some time now. It’s a treat to see such a retro ice cream truck parked during various festivals and in the districts. Looking forward to seeing the shop – be sure to stay up to date on their opening via social media or their website!
Know of a new place, that is locally owned and not the same old box chain opening in the OKC Metro? Send me your email to BekahJune.H@gmail.com – subject Geek Eats Foodie
Empire Slice House - The Empire Slice-s Back…
Written By Bekah June
Pizza hype…it was my initial thought when I first started to see photos roll in on Instagram from both the Plaza District and Empire Slice. My experience with locally owned pizza has been lackluster. One could say, underwhelming. Most often one finds small pizzas for extorted prices or on the other hand the menu leaves me bored. Personally, if I were the type to just want pepperoni and cheese I would just order from Pizza Hut. It is a good thing that I am in fact not that type of pizza lover… not that there is anything wrong with that.
When I finally found myself stepping past the pink elephant that greets you on the now gated front patio area, the rush of nostalgia was like a soothing wave that overcame me. The décor most certainly made this 90s kid long for the days of old. I admittedly put off trying this place for several reasons, the foremost that all new places tend to be super packed and hard to get into. This place has become a quick favorite of many, it’s always busy. I mean, who doesn’t love a place that has a Christopher Walken-Fridge.
I will admit that I found my first moment inside this former Laundromat to be a bit overwhelming. So much to take in, the atmosphere is most certainly abuzz. Décor, staff, and happy patrons were my signs that I was in fact in a pizza heaven.
A fully capable bar that boasts a varied selection in beers will squelch any thirst. For a reasonable amount you can order a slice of ‘zza and a pint of brew - nothing short of perfection. You can order the standard cheese or pepperoni, though if you are a bit more adventurous you can find out what the slices of the day are. By all means do!
If you are extra hungry, which we were that day – my tribe and I ordered a half and half of Lady Liberty and Fungus Among Us. (See descriptions on the right of the page) Initially I was a bit sad to see the price; a whopping 22-23 dollars left me hoping for a pizza well worth the price. We were not disappointed. My little boy’s eyes were filled with delight to see the monster delivered to our table… not a literal monster. The slices were huge but the tastes were even bigger.
"FUNGUS AMONG US"
Portobello, shiitake, and button mushroom, spinach, light truffle oil
"LADY LIBERTY" Chicken, red pepper, kalamata olives, marinated artichoke, mozzarella, feta, balsamic reduction.”
Lady Liberty won over this foodie’s heart hands down. I look forward to trying everything, pork free, on their menu!
I will note that a friend mentioned how awesome the stuffed banana peppers are, I sadly cannot have that particular appetizer due to food allergy – pork. Maybe one day this treasure of a pizzeria will have a few more pork free versions of some of their popular items. Until then I will live vicariously through you, my geek foodies, as you enjoy such scrumptious delights.
Be sure to check out their website for hours of operation, follow them on all major social media sites for any special events and just for funsies.
I highly recommend following their Instagram, it’s beyond amusing.
Empire Slice House – 1734 NW 16th Street OKC, OK in the Plaza District
The Mule – Hot Melts & Cold Brews
Written By Bekah June
Close friends raved about this popular Plaza District eatery for quite some time. Photos posted on instagram, facebook and twitter of a chalkboard filled with names. Talk of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and local brews.
I had to find out for myself what the hullabaloo was about.
One cool afternoon after strolling through the Plaza District we (the fam) wondered into The Mule. It was a relatively quiet day; a few folks were lunching as we were warmly greeted. The atmosphere is wonderful a sort of rustic modern folk style or “hipster chic”…I kid, I kid. Note that there is patio seating with a view of the Plaza District.
Menus were given, drink orders taken and the task of choosing what to try was now before me. A new twist on grilled cheese is putting it mildly. Too many hot melts to choose from with witty names to make it all the more enticing.
I split the Fancy Pants with my son, who is probably as big a foodie as I am.
“Nine Grain Wheat, Roasted Chicken, Brie, Gruyere, Caramelized Onion, Pear, and Basil Pesto” – Sounds heavenly and quite frankly it was. The side of onion rings was fantastic and cooked perfectly.
On this visit I ordered a coca-cola, it’s my guilty pleasure, their soda fountain is great and the fun plastic cups bearing the words “Don’t be a Jackass” plastered on one side. They have an enticing selection of brews and a very capable bar staff that won’t leave you disappointed…or so I am told.
If you can’t make it then have a friend buy you a round, no worries as your name will be placed on the large chalkboard known as the Leave A Drink board that adorns part of the wall just behind the bar.
I’ve been back since; well a few times attempted…The Mule has become very popular and with such power comes long wait times. As with most inner city areas you will have to park and walk to the restaurant. It does give you an opportunity to enjoy the neighborhood. Each time I have successfully dined here the food was top notch.
The Mule is worth the wait and it’s worth a visit during one of their slow times.
If you find yourself ordering the Fancy Pants and scanning through the list of names on the infamous Leave A Drink board then think of me…p.s. I like Gin and Tonic.
1630 N. Blackwelder, OKC, OK 73106 (Corner of 16th and Blackwelder)
S&B Burger Joint
Written By Bekah June
I really enjoy visiting a place that has a so called “unique” take on food. Whether it’s a deconstructed menu item or a mesh of ingredients that make you wonder if the chef is sane. This place has definitely won a place in my heart…more like special craving spot, with their one of a kind food. Who doesn’t love kitschy names like The Colombian, The Texan, The Hot Lips Houlihan and The Thunder! Their signature is The Fatty which is their basic burger, just in case you aren’t the venturous type.
A 80’s/90’s Rock N’ Roll atmosphere with classic memorabilia adorning the walls and songs you can’t help but sing with playing on the overhead speakers. The location we patronize has a few 80’/90’s style arcade games opposite the bar area. The staff greets you with a smile and is ready to give you the full scoop on what the best eats are.
My first visit, believe me we now frequent our nearest location often; I ventured to try their Asian burger with the loaded chili cheese fries. I was completely wowed by the combination of flavors, not to mention the size of the burger and the fact that they cooked it to order. Gingered onions, lettuce, tomato, miso-soy glaze, and wasabi mayo topped the tasty triumph of beef. As a note, I prefer my burgers medium.
The real winner on the menu is the smothered Chili Fry… mega addicting. Cincinnati Chili is a bit sweeter than most are used to, for me it was amazing. We have shamelessly ordered just the Chili Fry for carryout.
Soda Fountain gets an A+ from The OKC Edge, because who wants icky soda with their eats?! Also, I love that you can take the plastic cup bearing the logo home. Nice sturdy cups and well I’m a dork like that.
So far the favorite burger from The OKC Edge is… The Elvis! Okay, okay so the idea of peanut butter, bacon, lettuce, tomato and red onions combined on a burger wasn’t exactly an appealing one. We said, what the hello kitty let’s go for it! It was so freaking tasty. Naturally, due to allergen I had it sans bacon. Despite that the overall census was YUM!
I look forward to tasting my way through the innovative menu and their very intriguing Bloody Mary menu!
They also have a kid’s menu, the option to have a turkey burger in place of beef… be sure to check their website for all their current specials and to see the full menu. Their full menu is also available for pick-up, a feature we’ve used from time to time.
S&B Burger Joint has made it to The OKC Edge’s favorite places page.
S&B Burger Joint has three locations in the Metro area of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:
⦁ 5929 N. May, Suite 106 (405) 843-8777
⦁ 20 NW 9th Street (405) 270-0516
⦁ 7745 S. Walker (405) 631-0783
Check out their website for full menus, hours, specials and more… http://www.sandbburgersokc.com
Mutts – Amazing Hot Dogs
Written by Bekah June
So, shamefully, I have only recently patronized this local hub of creative hot doggery. Having always been a fan of odd food concoctions and the peer pressure from my friends, who have raved time and again about this eatery, finally was enough to make me cave. I am proud to say, Mutts didn’t disappoint!
The hip restaurant is located conviently between the Plaza district and Paseo; which provides a great hang out spot to meet up with friends. Supporting your local arts is a hungering job.
Upon entering you are instantly transported by the retro throw back styles of the décor and the very unique food choices located on the wall menu. The friendly staff is ready on stand-by to grant your hot dog wishes.
I was even more thrilled to find out that not only does Mutts serve 100% beef hot dogs; they also have gluten free buns! Umh, how freaking awesome are they! I love you Mutts…. I digress.
Let me just say that the adventurous eater will be instantly taken in by the hot dog “breeds”, especially with names like the Apollo Dog, Kung Fuey, and the Maui Waui…just to name a few.
On this visit I ordered the Pit Bull which sounds as intimidating as it is muy caliente! The ingredients that top this juicy dog are pepper jack cheese, serrano, habanero, jalapeño, and pablano peppers, as well as onion and a cilantro-lime aioli. Let me tell you that puppy was hot, but oh so good!
I split an order of chili cheese fries which were enough for 2-3 people, depending on how much you absolutely love chili fries, with Will the Director of OKC Edge and my partner in crime who ordered The Windy City Dog. According to him it was a pretty good classic spin on the Chicago dog.
Did I mention they have a killer soda fountain? Well, they do and their coke tasted awesome. Hey, a good soda fountain is a big deal… who wants flat soda?! Not I.
This local hotspot is owned by two amazing chefs who had a fantastic idea; they also own Big Truck Tacos (BTT), which is a review for another time.
All in all I have to say that Mutts – Amazing Dogs has made it to The OKC Edge’s favorite places page.
Mutts – Amazing Hot Dogs is located at 1400 NW 23rd Street in Oklahoma City, OK
Check out their website for hours, menu and more… http://.mutts-hot-dogs.com
The Sushi Train
Written By Bekah June
One of my all-time favorite Sushi places that brings the quirkiness of Japan to Oklahoma... is unfortunately not in the Metro.
Have no fear; it is still located within the state. Not much of a consolation, I know, but Tulsa isn’t too terribly far. Sure, it is about an hour and a half drive (1 hr, 37 min according to travelmath.com) yet if you just happen to already be in Tulsa then all the better for you.
I consider it one of my Tulsa staples when I find myself attending an event
or visiting friends.
Sushi Train is as neat as it sounds. When you walk into the quaint and albeit odd location, you shall discover the source of their name.
In the center of the restaurant is a bar where a little train goes all the way around with plates of assorted sushi, nigiri and shashimi. The friendly sushi cooks make everything right in front of you, placing newly made rolls directly on the train.
What about pricing, you say? As many sushi lovers know it comes with a hefty price tag. Sushi train is what I call the geek’s place for cheap eats. Each plate is a different color; each color is a different price.
If sushi isn’t your thing, then order from their diverse menu… they also have an American friendly kid’s menu.
So next time you're visiting Tulsa be sure to work this great spot into your itinerary.
Sushi Train is located on 51st and Harvard just off of
I-44 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Check out their website for hours, menu and more… http://sushitraintulsaok.com/